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Locust Reign | New England Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bccrosley on 07-09-2014

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is probably the best batch i have ever tasted, i think the addition of mosaic is new. This beer is up there with FBD

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4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32oz growler into a Duvel tulip. Gigantic thanks to Matt and everyone else at NEBCO for making this incredible beer and getting it to me while fresh. Cheers guys!

A: Hazy orange-amber body under a full two-inch head of thick, dense, creamy off-white foam. Terrific retention and thick cobwebs of lace. Perfectly gorgeous for an unfiltered DIPA.

S: Huge, complex hoppiness. Tropical fruit is at the forefront, with lots of mango and pineapple. Some grape, pear, grapefruit, and orange as well. There's also a distinct hint of onion, which I'm not a huge fan of but which stays decidedly in the background. Overall, it's terrifically heady and enticing.

T: Even better than the nose, as the onion is nowhere to be found and the interplay of tropical fruits and dank citrus can unfold undisturbed. I'm getting strawberry, papaya, lychee, white grape, nectarine, and plenty of grapefruit bitterness on the long, clean finish. It just gets better and more drinkable as it warms, with the decadent fruitiness always balanced by the solid bitterness. Outstanding, even for NEBCO.

M: Creamy medium body. Great carbonation level, period, but especially impressive for a growler that's been shipped 1,000 miles.

O: I knew this was special from the first whiff of aroma as I took off the cap, and it only got better from there. It reminded me a lot of the most recent batch of Coriolis, but with an additional dose of grapefruit bitterness that tied it together even better than that magnificent beer. My favorite NEBCO DIPA yet, and one of my top 5 DIPAs of all time, easily. Get some if you can!


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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pine and citrus hop flavors, about 50/50. Bitter on the finish, but not off-putting.

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3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Edit (02/20/2016): Had again last night at Prime 16 and this batch was remarkably better and hoppier. Upticks in the aroma and taste by 0.25 each, other variables unchanged.

Original: Had tonight at Prime 16 in New Haven, they had it on cask but I don't believe it was dry hopped or casked on anything. Just straight hand-pull at room temperature. Poured a hazy amber with a thick two finger head that receded slowly and left good lacing. Smell was a little weak once the head died down, but what came out was pure hop juice and a malt backbone. Tastes much better than the aroma, good sweetness upfront and then hop bomb. Nice juicy notes abound with honey and melon and dank hop leaf. Finishes a tad bitter with a hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is insanely light for the ABV. I drank a full 12oz over the course of about 5 minutes and had to order another. Overall a smooth and balanced New England DIPA that never gets malty. Excellence in a glass.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Shawner
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of socon67
4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz. pill bottle growler into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

Looks pretty typical. Nice head, good color, spotty, messy lace. The aroma is of pineapple, citrus, mango, starfruit and other tropical fruit flavors. Sweet with a pungent hop background. Flavor is of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus and starfruit. Juicy with a slightly astringent and coarse, piney hop bitterness in the back that's overwhelmed by the fruit flavor. Sweet, tropical aftertaste. Super drinkable. Just the right amount of carbonation makes this one quenching and smooth at the same time. Delicious!

Given the pedigree, I'm not sure why I was surprised that this is really good. Worthy of its high score here.

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraigMack61
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SenorQuesadilla
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mikedhoppy
3.68/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of grahuba
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heystevec
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep copper, almost amber, hues; slight haze and a generous white head
S: Mangoes, pineapple, and a bit of dankness
T: The marriage between the mosaic and galaxy hops here is very well done. Two distinctive hop flavors expertly blended to produce a juicy, but very hoppy flavor profile
F: Evenly carbonated and slightly dry with a soft mouthfeel
O: I really enjoyed this beer - another awesome offering from NEBCO. To me this represented a bridge from the 'old guard' hop-forward IPAs of the past 5 years and the juicy Tree House/Trillium fare that is all the rage these days. I thoroughly enjoyed it - great reminder of why I fell in love with the IPA style in the first place.

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Locust Reign from New England Brewing Co.
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